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The revolution will not be discussed in the blog comments

I've been following OccupyBoston with growing joy, and feeling a little wistful that I can't just pack up and join the camp-out. That's the problem with homesteading I guess; you make all the fun happen where you are and then when fun happens elsewhere you can't just pick up and leave your dog and chickens and 30 cloth diapers a day. So I'm waiting out this round of illness to take the kids for a day trip, and otherwise following the fun on the internet. WW from the Economist Blog summarizes my feelings with more pizzaz than I could muster. The OccupyBoston blog also makes me giddy for their overall impression of smooth-running protest. We need plywood. We don't need bread. Trash pickup is at 2pm. For heaven sakes go home if you can't stay dry.

What one should not do is read the comments, which are grouchy and dispiriting. It seems to me that feelings around this movement don't split right-left or even rich-poor, but rather "Right on!" versus "Why on earth would you want to do that?" Some of us feel like we've held in our hearts forever the knowledge that the country is broken, that it's so obvious we just leap to encourage anyone who wants to do anything with honest conviction. And then there's the rest of blog readers who feel more "Meh, it's pretty good, isn't it? Don't Netflix and Peapod always arrive on time?" Thankfully these folks mostly just write in the blog comments and not on twitter or flickr, which leads me to believe that blog commenting is on its way out as an earnest metric of participation.

And since I'm plugging other people's blogs today, sing Ho for Jesus radicals today and their graphic which made me laugh:

Way to take everything one step further you guys. I'm in favor.

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